SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB724240
Module Leader Liz Teiger
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This theory based module is designed as an introduction to public health nursing. Consequently, students will explore fundamental concepts associated with promoting health and wellbeing adopting a population based health approaches. They will explore the boundaries of contemporary Public Health Nursing Practice by examining ways in which their knowledge, skills and attributes can contribute to a team approach to providing primary care services within a public health setting.


Contemporary political issues Principles of Public Health. Lifespan development. Safeguarding/Child protection Health education Evidence based practice Legal, accountability and ethical principles Partnership working

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:-Critically analyse the social, political and professional issues, which influence the provision of public health focused primary care services.-Critically explore the roles, responsibilities and accountability associated with Public Health Nursing-Critically analyse theoretical models of practice which underpin health education and discuss their application in the context of working with families, groups and communities.-Demonstrate knowledge of public health strategies which contributes to the health, development and well being of individuals, families and communities.-Demonstrate an understanding of the multi-factorial nature of safeguarding, vulnerability and abuse with particular focus on child protection.-Critically discuss strategies which promote equity within primary care services and respects diversity within client groups.-Critically explore concepts of partnership working for Public Health Nursing Practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centered methods. These include modified lectures, seminars, online directed study/activities and independent study. GCU learn will be utilized to provide direction and support for learning. Students will be required to undertake a written formative assessment as part of the teaching and learning strategy. There will be a 500 word formative essay to support students who have been out of Higher Education for a period of time enabling assessment of their academic writing skills prior to the summative assessment.

Indicative Reading

Aggleton, P., Chalmers, H (2000) Nursing Models and Nursing Practice (2 nd ed) London MacMillan Press Ltd. Berk, L (2001) Development through the Lifespan (2 nd Ed). London: Allyn and Bacon. Coles L., Porter E. (2008) Public Health Skills: A practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Cowley, S (2001) Public Health in Policy and Practice. London: Bailliere Tindall. Dawes, M (2004) Evidence-based practice: a primer for health care professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill livingstone. Department of Health. Acheson Report - Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in health. London: HMSO (1998). Dimond, B (2011) Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice. London: Prentice Hall. Gray M. (2009), Evidence-based health care and public health: how to make decisions about health services and public health, Churchill Livingstone. Green J. and Tones K. (2010) Health Promotion: planning and strategies. (2 nd edition) London: Sage. Hughes L & Owen H. (2009) Good Practice in Safeguarding Children: Working Effectively in Child Protection. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Lucas, K., Lloyd, B (2005) Health Promotion: Evidence and Experience, London: Sage Polit, Denise F. (2003) Nursing research : principles and methods. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Scottish Executive. Delivering for Health SO 2006. Scottish Government. Better Health Better Care, SG 2007. Taylor G. & Hawley H. (2010) Key Debates in Health Care. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Wilson F & Mabhala M (2008) Key Concepts in Public Health. London: Sage. URL's http:// www.

Transferrable Skills

-Work in a self directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. -Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. -Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. -Work effectively with others -Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FDL) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (FDL) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 144.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 Word Portfolio